Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Favorites

Super excited for this new weekly series!


I'll be sharing some of my favorite things with you each Friday.
Ideas, recipes, photos, cuteness, you name it.
With that said, here are a few of my favorite things right now...
Loving this idea! If you have a toddler or young kiddo you'll feel me on this one.

Loving these cauliflower tots I made. Recipe from Skinny Taste. Not only are they low carb, but I substituted grated Parmesan for breadcrumbs and voila! They become gluten free and more importantly to me, Dukan friendly!



I'm loving this denim skirt I found for Sadie. They can be hard to find for little girls and I usually only have luck in thrift stores. You can find shorter ones, but the longer length is near impossible. I was excited to find this one on sale at Target for 25% off last week. It has an adjustable waist so I got the next size up to get even more length.

Girlfriends's rockin it.

And last but definitely not least, one of my favorite scriptures this week is...

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kindergarten Commitment Issues

I never knew I had commitment issues until I started making decisions on what to use for Kindergarten this fall.

Seriously. It was so bad.


I like Abeka.


I like Five In a Row.


Those of you who homeschool know that these are polar opposites, but I see the beauty in each of them.


So, since I can't make up my mind I'll do both.


I like the idea of Abeka's structured learning and I love Five In a Row's literature based approach.

I think it will be a beautiful thing combining the two.

I also like the idea that Sadie can join in with Five In a Row.

Everyone I know that's used Five In a Row has nothing but wonderful things to say about it and the fond memories they made "rowing" through the books.

And since she loves being involved with whatever Dallas is doing, I might order Abeka's K4 for her. Why not?



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Great Toy Exodus

This had been a long time coming. Somehow we had accumulated a ridiculous amount of toys for only two kids. A lot of it they have outgrown. A lot of it was broken or missing pieces.

I'll be honest, the toys intimidated me. 50% of the toys were kept in our garage in random bags in random places. Chaos. A small percentage is kept in the kids rooms and in other places around the house, and the rest is


I feel you cringing with me.

I know you're feeling the combination of agony and intimidation that I was feeling every time this closet was opened.

The balancing act of it all only added to my frustration.

Well, a few weeks ago I came across the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge. It's been around a few years. This year it was calling to me. I got busy and hammered out a lot. When I came to the toy closet, I was ready.

I got angry at the evil toy Jenga we had going on.

Boom! I dug in and got messy. Seriously, will you look at the mess?


I sorted it. A pile for trash, a pile to give to friends/family, and a pile to drop off at a local charity thrift store. Since this closet didn't even hold half of the toys in our house, I knew I had to pare it way down.


Then my husband put shelves in.


And since I was super motivated, I went through most of the toys in the garage. The few we kept are now in this closet as well.

Somebody cue the Hallelujah choir.

We now have more than 50% less than we did. While my original plans for this closet included pretty plastic organizing bins, I don't want to spend the money now. So, I used what we have. And it's working great.


The kids haven't complained one bit. I mean, why would they? They still have a pretty nice collection going on.



Monday, April 7, 2014

Reading Basket

As long as I can remember we have had this basket out with books in it. The kids love to look through them and they love to be read to.

And while I can't always drop what I'm doing to play or entertain them, I never turn them down when they ask to be read to. Its important to me for them to develop a love for books.


We have an entire collection of books here at home, so what I do is keep those put away and I rotate them. I include a few books according to their current interests and the rest I choose are based on the current season/holiday.


The only other thing in the basket is their favorite puzzle.


Although right now there is this puppet glove.



It goes with the Five Little a ladybugs book. My mom bought it for Dallas when he wasn't even a year old. It's still a favorite.


One book that I absolutely love is this pop up Easter book. But it's too delicate for the book basket, so I pull it out on occasion during Spring.



It's absolutely gorgeous.

They love going to the Library, which is important to me and reminiscent of my childhood, but it's nice to have a collection here at home that they've come to love and appreciate.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Easter Cards

In our youth class at church we like to decorate for the seasons and holidays. My mom had an idea to use some really cute greeting cards we found at....take a wild guess.....Target. Seriously, I don't think I've ever seen anything there that wasn't cute.



I was looking in our supply room looking for some way to display them when I found book rings.


I put holes in the cards and stuck the rings through.



It was so easy and turned out cute.


Now all I have to do is switch out the cards when I want to change it up.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Parade in the City

Last week we took our kids to our local St. Patrick's Day Parade in the city.




It was a blast. Dallas kept saying, "Thank you for bringing us here."



He loved the fire trucks. There were about 745 of them. Or so it seemed.


Sadie loved all the dogs. Even the Irish Wolfhounds, which are more like horses.



Several folks from our church are involved in Young Marines. We were excited to spot them marching in the parade.



Parades have always been fun, but to watch your kids' face light up during doesn't get much better than that.




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Beautifully Broken

As a Christian it can be easy to feel like you have to keep it all together.

This message was preached on Sunday in church and I thought it was amazing.


He doesn't want us to act as if we've got it all together and under control. He wants us to recognize and embrace our need for Him. He wants us to be beautifully broken before Him. He wants us to allow Him to hold us together.



His strength is made perfect in our weakness.


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